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Senate panel backs US strikes on Syria but Congress remains undecided

05 September 2013

Key Points

  • An influential Senate committee has narrowly approved a possible 90-day authorisation for use of force
  • Targets could include Syria's systems for delivering and for protecting its chemical weapons

The US Congress is still divided over whether to authorise military strikes against Syria in response to the state's alleged use of chemical weapons.

Members of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee voted on 4 September to authorise the use of military force "in a limited and specified manner against legitimate military targets in Syria".

The full Senate is to consider the measure next, although as of this writing a vote had not been scheduled.



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